• Application Deadline
  • 48 months


The Business Studies with Foundation Year (Hons) course at University of Derby specialise in real world learning, so there will be ample opportunity to apply your academic knowledge to practical work-related scenarios, business simulations, consultancy projects and case studies.

You can complete your degree over four years to include an optional year on placement. If, however, you decide to study over three years, we encourage you to undertake internships, particularly during the summer breaks. Our former students have undertaken placements with famous names such as Bentley, Enterprise and Rolls-Royce.

The academic team is made up of business experts who will foster your talent. We pride ourselves on education with the personal touch. You will learn in a stimulating environment.

You can also draw on latest business thinking through our thriving research community. Our staff are undertaking influential research which not only extends academic understanding but also helps business organisations to improve their performance.

You will gain a deep understanding of why businesses perform in the way that they do, along with valuable research and analytical skills to support business decision-making and problem-solving.

This course is ideal for anyone keen to deepen their knowledge of business theories, models and frameworks. It combines traditional business disciplines with insights into contemporary issues such as business analytics, digital media, innovation and globalisation.


By strengthening your knowledge of business theory and research, the BA (Hons) Business Studies is the ideal preparation for success. When you graduate, you will be armed with an extensive understanding of all the key business disciplines, together with the practical data collection and research skills that mean you can play an influential part in shaping business strategy and performance.  This powerful combination gives you a real advantage when applying for opportunities such as graduate training schemes with major companies.

You will have the professional and ethical attitudes, character strengths, commercial acumen and ambition to make a difference in any work environment. Global perspectives are embedded in every aspect of the course to stand you in good stead for senior roles anywhere in the world.

Our Business Studies graduates are now carving out fulfilling careers in consultancy and client-facing roles in areas such as accounts and finance, HRM, sales, marketing, project management and retail management. Ed Hollands set up his own company, Driven Media, once he graduated.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Average part-time duration 96 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Business Communication and Decision Making
  • Contemporary Issues in Business
  • Data Analysis for Business
  • Study skills for Business
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Political Studies
  • Fundamentals of Human Behaviour
  • Business Economics
  • Understanding People in Organisations
  • Understanding the Global Business Environment
  • Finance and Business Performance
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Developing an Enterprising Mindset

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

Typical entry requirements:

  • UCAS points - 72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
  • Specific requirements at GCSE - GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

Alternative entry qualifications:

  • BTEC - MPP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • Part-time UK/EU students - £1,155 per module


  • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
  • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
  • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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